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Hi I'm John

I'm a father. I'm a whitewater rafter. I'm an engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most important thing to know about me is that I try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, which I learned first from my parents. They taught me to be honest, work hard, and help others. My mom always to be serving us and doing things for us. My dad taught me how to work hard, fix a car, build a barn or fence or house, plumbing, house wiring, cut, split, and stack firewood, hunt geese, pheasants, elk, deer, fish, etc. Sometimes he did this to provide for my family, but often he did it to help his friends. I will always be grateful for their lessons and example to me. I am married and have 5 wonderful children. They are the best. My dad starting whitewater rafting in the 1970s, and he took me on first raft trip when I was twelve. I have loved it ever since. I think I have been on about 6000 miles of whitewater. I have rafted the Yampa, Green, Colorado in Westwater, Cataract, Grand Canyons, Snake, Middle fork of the Salmon, Payette Rivers, Boise, Lochsa, Arkansas, and Poudre rivers. The one at the top of my “to raft” list is the Selway in Idaho. My favorite is the Grand Canyon. I feel closer to God there than almost anywhere else. I like to watch Star Trek and Star Trek:The Next Generation. Spock and Data are the best. I was diagnosed with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) in 1996. Through the support of my wife, caring professionals, and prescription medication, I have a very fulfilling life with my family, work, church and community service.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon today because the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ, and I know from God that it is true. The Book of Mormon tells me more clearly than any other book that Jesus is my Savior, why he is my Savior, and what he wants me to do. I have read the Bible many times as well, and I treasure its words as well and know that it is the word of God. I am very grateful that I have both to teach me about Jesus.

How I live my faith

The most important way that I live my faith is by being faithful to my wife and children and to the promises I have made to God. I try to be completely honest in everything I do, including business transactions and work, and I try to give an honest day’s work every day. I served an 18-month full-time mission in Chile when I was 19, because I felt like the Lord wanted me to do it. Since my mission, I have served in a variety of church responsibilities to teach, lead, and help children, youth, and adults. I also contribute money to help others in need. I believe these are all things Jesus wants me to do.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

To me, the grace of Jesus Christ is the power of Jesus Christ. It is by his grace that I will be resurrected some day. It is by his grace that I can be forgiven of my sins. It is by his grace that I can live with my Heavenly Father. It is by his grace that I am able to do some small amount of His work in this life and in the life to come. Without his grace I would be doomed to a miserable existance forever. His grace is available to all. His grace is a gift to all. But as with any gift, we can refuse it. We can choose sin over Jesus, and by so doing, we cut ourselves off from his grace. An ancient prophet said, ‘For we labor diligently to write to persuade our children, and also our brethren to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do’ (2 Nephi 25:23). I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. I know that the world was created by Him. Jesus atoned for my sins in the Garden of Gethsemene and on the cross, and because of that, He has the power to resurrect me. He also has the power to allow me into heaven, but He will not force me. I can choose. In the end, my choices and my actions determine my final state. From Revelations 20:12, '...and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.' It is by my works that I can either choose Jesus and eternal life or choose sin and eternal misery. It is my choice. Show more Show less